Energy and Environment Internship

  • Position classification: Internship


American Progress drives research, messaging, and policy to defend progressive polices protecting our air, land, and water to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth.
Interns working with the American Progress Energy and Environment team have the opportunity to complete substantive work across the team’s four main focuses: international climate policy, domestic energy and climate policy, oceans policy, and public lands policy. Within this framework, interns will develop skills and experience to contribute effectively to the national conversation on climate change, clean energy, natural resources management, conservation, and climate adaptation and resilience.

Candidates who apply for an Energy and Environment internship may indicate in their cover letter their interest in one of the following policy areas:

  • International climate policy: The International Climate Policy subteam seeks bilateral, multilateral, subnational, and nongovernmental solutions to promote global efforts to fight climate change and increase global climate resilience investment.
  • Domestic energy policy: The Domestic Energy Policy subteam develops reports, data, and messaging to defend the progress made on mitigating and adapting to climate change; promotes policy to expand clean energy and improve air and water quality; and develops equitable climate preparedness and resilience policies.
  • Ocean policy: The Ocean Policy subteam works to generate and advance smart policy that promotes the ecological and environmental health of oceans and coasts in tandem with prosperous economies. The Ocean Policy intern may engage in issues including sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, coastal resilience and adaptation, coastal ecosystem restoration, marine conservation and ocean planning, offshore energy, and Arctic policy.
  • Public lands and natural resource policy: The Public Lands Project works to develop and advance progressive natural resource, conservation, and energy policies for America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations. The Public Lands Project simultaneously fights to protect our public lands from special interests who want to sell out our natural heritage for personal gain. The protection and balanced management of America’s public lands is more important than ever to growing the economy, enriching Americans’ quality of life, and building a clean energy future.

Energy and Environment interns will contribute to the core work of the team, completing day-to-day assignments in addition to more extensive research projects. Interns will work closely with one or more staff members to help them foster knowledge of policy areas, government operations, and confidence working in a fast-paced office setting. Typical responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to memos, blog posts, columns, event summaries, and reports
  • Carrying out web-based research on issue areas
  • Compiling and manipulating data in Excel
  • Rapid-response communications
  • Updating fact sheets, talking points, and documents on topics of current pertinence
  • Enhancing the team’s social media presence

Other duties may include conducting targeted research and reporting on policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write on the subject of their choice either as a contributor to a larger final piece or as an individual author of a column for the website.

To Apply

In order to be considered for an internship with American Progress, please combine the following items into a single .doc or .pdf file; follow the appropriate application link below; upload the single file; and complete the online application. The system does not allow for multiple files. Required materials include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of approximately three pages

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and receive responses from American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This internship posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education, and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress internships are awarded on an equal opportunity basis; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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